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KHL president bashes “egotistical” NHL for lockout

Dec 23, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

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KHL president Alexander Medvedev wasn’t shy about bashing the NHL for what he believes is an “egotistical” move to roll with another lengthy lockout, R-Sport reports.

“No one knows how the league will behave in his situation,” Medvedev said. “But it’s all generally showing how egotistical the NHL is. Financial issues trump the development of the game for them. But at the same time, this will all hit their pockets anyway.”

Of course, these comments could seem foolish in hindsight if Medvedev’s own league suffers a work stoppage. The KHL president was adamant that wouldn’t happen, however.

“No, we’re not that kind of league, because while we might have arguments with the players unions, we always think about the hockey first of all, and about everything else later,” Medvedev said.

Running (arguably?) the NHL’s greatest rival league naturally inspires a competitive desire, but if nothing else, his league has benefited from the lockout. Stars like Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Alex Ovechkin wouldn’t normally spend months playing in the KHL league, after all.

(H/T to Kukla’s Korner.)

Just to review, here are the other major figures who’ve bashed the lockout recently:

U.S. president Barack Obama

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper

New Jersey governor Chris Christie

  1. cbghockeyvideos87 - Dec 23, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    someone has tell them the truth

  2. martysbetter - Dec 23, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Probably the most accurate statement made about this lockout – if you think this is anything other than Daly/Bettman and Fehr trying to prove who can swing their d*ck around more, then you are sadly naïve to the (unfortunate) way business negotiations are conducted.

    • stakex - Dec 23, 2012 at 9:48 PM

      That might be true, but then the owners and players are to blame. After all, Fehr works for the players and Bettman/Daly work for the owners. If either side has issues with the leadership, they could certainly remove them at any time.

      Instead the owners have given Bettman the thumbs up, and the vast majority of players have voted to give Fehr a nuclear weapon to use in this fight, one that could do more damage to the sport then anything else. So don’t for a second try to blame just the three figure heads… everyone on both sides gets some of the blame.

  3. arbruins - Dec 23, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Both sides have destroyed the sport…maybe they should televise the KHL games here!

  4. mp1131211 - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Notice how not one of those voices bashes the players. The owners are willing to risk it all for an increase in profit.

  5. badintent - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    If and when we get NHL hockey back, we should import Russian Bondes for cheerleaders, ice girls, dancers, ( they’re already in the strip joints in Miami) and the TV ratings would got through the roof

  6. blomfeld - Dec 24, 2012 at 1:32 AM


    Alexander Ivanovich Medvedev (Russian: Александр Иванович Медведев; Aleksandr Ivanovich Medvedev) (born 14 August 1955 in Shakhtyorsk, Sakhalin Oblast) is the current Deputy Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Russian energy company Gazprom, president of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Director-General of Gazprom’s export arm Gazprom Export. He is a member of the Coordination Committee of RosUkrEnergo and a member of the shareholders’ committee of Nord Stream AG. There is speculation that he was formerly a high ranking undercover KGB officer because he previously worked at the Soviet owned Donau Bank in Vienna (89-91) at the same time as Andrei Akimov, another KGB officer and now Gazprombank’s chief executive officer.

    The bottom line friends is that the day you have someone like this running the NHL, is the day you had better make sure all of your body parts are still attached. I was a “Canadian” fan of Soviet hockey back in the day almost like no other. And yet that does nothing to detract from the fact that today we live in a completely different world with different rules applying. Gary Bettman is like “Bambi” compared to Medvedev and his ilk, make no mistake about it. And that is something that the average Russian man or woman knows only too well.

    • id4joey - Dec 24, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      Right on, blomfeld. Can you say corruption and Russian mafia?

  7. csilojohnson - Dec 24, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    Is it just me or are those comments slightly reminiscent of something the Iranian President would say. (I will not even attempt to spell his name) What other countries are immune to human nature?

  8. Rockie D. Bull - Dec 24, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Hey Pro Hockey Talk – there IS no hockey going on – for the second time in less than 10 years!

    The only thing this blog should be reporting is the return of hockey – until then (if ever) – NOTHING else written here has any relevance.

    The “No Hockey League” has shot themselves in both feet. Its time for a new world order that wipes the NHL out completely and goes to a global format with all the players and teams redistributed.

    Also – take PHT off the NBC top banner until something happens. Put “Off the Bench” back up there or even Inside the Cryrish – anything but lame, locked out, non-playing pro hockey.

  9. smgraff4 - Dec 24, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    The point Medvedev is making is that you have to eat some losses in the short term in order to grow. The fact is, hockey (particularly ice hockey) is still a very regional sport. The big revenues and profits may not happen until you see college, junior, midget, or high school teams and tournaments becoming more common–and even with those gaining traction over at least a generation or two.

    NHL owners have long been predatory. They’d been doing this since practically the formation of the NHL (from the NHA). They opposed expansion for a long time. It also took the WHA going into a number of markets, and prying the NHL’s stars away (and signing one of the greatest players of all time before he was NHL-draft eligible). And to me, that’s the only way the players can win anything–is if there is a second league at home to force NHL owners’ hands to sign domestic talent that NHL teams thought that they were getting.

    Neither system is perfect. The KHL could collapse under financial ruin, and spreading its borders too far beyond Russia; or not creating separate Western and Eastern Leagues that could have also bolstered regional competition from Japan, China, and Korea and one end, Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine, etc. in the other league. Or the KHL could be marginalized by Russian fans for being “not Russian enough”. Or European fans may ONLY care about the KHL, and very little about how their national teams perform (like the BPL).

    Either way, there needs to be

  10. smgraff4 - Dec 24, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    To finish that comment. Either way, we don’t know a lot of things. BUT playing hardball and 3 lockouts in 20 years is not the way to go.

    • blomfeld - Dec 24, 2012 at 9:27 PM

      smgraff4 – A good commentary friend with valid facts. Like with most things in life, very little is black and white eh ? … rather, more often than not we’re forced to chose between shades of grey … merry Christmas to you ! :)

  11. fortwaynekomets - Dec 24, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    they do have huge egos.

    they also take the FANs FOR.GRANTED.

    “ah..they’ll be there when we resume play. no matter what”

    • danphipps01 - Dec 25, 2012 at 2:51 AM

      I’ll believe they aren’t completely right when the fans do literally anything to demonstrate that they won’t just come back with chequebooks open the second the lockout’s done. Seriously, every team in a hockey market will have a packed arena when the next NHL games finally roll around. As long as that’s true, why would anyone on either side take the fans seriously?

      I mean, aside from moral decency, which 100 days into the third lockout in less than 20 years is pretty clearly something neither side actually has.

  12. barkar942 - Dec 26, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Stars like Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Alex Ovechkin wouldn’t normally spend months playing in the KHL league, after all.
    Don’t they mean scabs?

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